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Tom Steele | Aug 3, 2001 04:08 PM

I made Mark Bittman's NY TIMES recipe (8/1) for seaweed salad, and it was quite good, but I'd rather make it with a different seaweed, and I know what I want, but haven't a clue what it's called. (I'm a bit of a seaweed novice.) Bittman called for wakame, which is usually dried, and it rehydrates into something a little too fluttery and slimy for my taste. What I'd love to get is the seaweed used in many seaweed salads around Manhattan, but no one can tell me its name. It comes in clusters of 2-3-inch bright green, quite slender--only a little wider around than a paper clip--and very chewy/crunchy. Bittman's dressing is very close to what you can find around (especially at Garden of Eden), and I'd settle for that, but I'd like to make it myself. For one thing, about a cup of the pre-made salad costs a good $3.50, and I'm sure I could make it cheaper at home.

Can anyone tell me what that seaweed is called and where I can get it? I live near Sunrise (Japanese) Market, but they don't speak much English.

Thank you SO much!

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